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Fold-Down Cutting Rack








There was no room in my basement shop to cut full sheets of plywood. I always had to have the home center guy cut it down to size with his panel saw. What a hassle. I wanted my own panel saw, but I knew there was simply no room in my shop or budget. Then I came up with the solution: a lightweight, fold-down rack that stores up and out of the way on my shop ceiling.


When I’ve got sheet stock to cut, I fold down the rack and set the plywood on support blocks. Then I clamp on a straightedge as a saw guide. With my circular saw blade set to cut 1/8 in. deeper than the stock, I’m ready to go. For narrower sheets, I use the flip-out blocks in the middle of the rack. 






The lightweight rack swings up for easy storage. A single 2x4 catch temporarily holds the rack in place. Two lengths of chain and a hook safely secure the rack over head. 











Lee Hector wrote re: Fold-Down Cutting Rack
on 02-03-2010 1:18 PM

Great Idea!

JackShannon Sr wrote re: Fold-Down Cutting Rack
on 02-09-2010 6:51 PM

I agree Lee. I'm gonna add this to my shop. Altho I have the space, It sounds like a good thing to have..

Denny Larkin wrote re: Fold-Down Cutting Rack
on 05-20-2010 9:45 AM

Wow!  this is a super idea!  for us older folks that have to wrestle large stock onto a table saw, this will work great for cutting large pieces down to size!

GPDMTR25 wrote re: Fold-Down Cutting Rack
on 08-25-2010 2:03 AM

This idea seem great but I don't really understand how you can cut a full sheet of plywood without cutting the rack itself. Can someone help me out and go into more detail about how you cut a full sheet with this rack.